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10/27/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Oct.27, 2012 @ 5:48 pm, under MLB, NPB

Kosuke Fukudome

The Hanshin Tigers could meet Fukudome for a second time some time in early November.  GM Katsuhiro Nakamura would like to attend the meeting so that he can talk to him directly.  Yutaka Wada sees Fukudome starting in right and batting fifth.  Source: Sanspo 10/27/2012

Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro is apparently "very interested" in returning to the Yankees.  From the New York Post's Joel Sherman (via Sponichi):

The Giants were working hard to obtain Ichiro Suzuki before the Yankees did in late July and probably would have interest in the free agent this winter. But a person close to Ichiro told me he strongly wants to stay with the Yankees because he so enjoyed playing in a professional, winning atmosphere with so many contemporaries near his age range.

The friend said he can’t imagine money being a factor, noting that to make matters work when he wanted to be in Seattle, Ichiro deferred $5 million a year on his last long-term contract. The implication was that a one-year deal, perhaps with an option, in the $5 million-to-$8 million range might get it done.

Munenori Kawasaki

Kawasaki enjoys playing for the Seattle Mariners and would like to remain with them.  From the Seattle Time's Larry Stone (via Sponichi):

I talked to Tony Attanasio, the agent for Munenori Kawasaki, who was released from his major-league contract yesterday. Attanasio, of course, is the long-time agent for Ichiro, whose presence was essential in bringing Kawasaki to Seattle last year. I had wondered if Kawasaki would want to remain in Seattle with Ichiro gone, and Attanasio provided the strong answer: ""He would jump off a building to stay in Seattle," Attanasio told me.

Attanasio said that Kawasaki would be willing to sign a Triple-A contract and play in Tacoma, but he doesn't believe the Mariners will give him that chance.

"To have as good a kid as him, as versatile, and to lose him from the organization, quite frankly, in my estimation, is an absolutely disgusting travesty," Attanasio said.